Emily Ramsey is an expert in historic rehabilitation tax incentives and in the preparation of National Register nominations and landmark designation reports for a wide variety of historic resources. Associated with MacRostie Historic Advisors since 2008, Emily is currently a Consulting Senior Affiliate responsible for National Register nominations, local landmark designation reports, and historic preservation certification applications for properties seeking federal, state, and local historic rehabilitation tax incentives. She has prepared successful National Register nominations and local designation reports for a wide range of properties, including industrial loft buildings, post-war affordable housing complexes, school buildings, apartment hotels, downtown office skyscrapers, hotels, post offices, and military housing. Emily also prepared successful historic tax credit certification applications for many prominent historic rehabilitation projects in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, including the Inland Steel Building, the Shoreland Hotel, the Chicago Athletic Association Building, the Wrigley Building, Parkway Garden Homes, the Sutherland Hotel (all in Chicago), as well as the Chittenden & Eastman Building and the St. Paul Post Office and Custom House in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Prior to joining MHA, Emily served as Project Director and Assistant Director for the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA), a City of Chicago initiative dedicated to preserving the city’s unique housing stock. Between 2003 and 2007, Emily directed an HCBA program that provided technical assistance to communities seeking to list their neighborhoods in the National Register and administered financial incentive programs providing grants to homeowners completing energy efficient improvements. As part of this program, she worked with bungalow owners in communities across the city to compile research for their communities and authored National Register nominations for six bungalow historic districts in Chicago, the largest of which contained nearly 800 properties.
Emily has given presentations on researching and evaluating historic properties to community groups in Chicago and St. Paul, has presented as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Lunchtime Lecture Series, and served on a panel for preserving distinctive housing stock at the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference in 2007. Emily has taught Archival Documentation for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Historic Preservation Graduate Program, which teaches students how to prepare National Register nominations, and has served as a guest lecturer at SAIC. She is also a member of Landmarks Illinois’ Easement Committee, which reviews preservation easement applications and proposed rehabilitation plans for properties throughout the state.
Emily holds a BA degree in History with a minor in American Studies from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and an MS degree in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She meets the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualification standards in the field of architectural history.
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